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It takes about 20 minutes to drive up the road to Mt Dobson Ski Area.
And every inch of that road was created by a man who, despite reams of red tape
and financial constraints, was determined to build a ski field.
Words Shelley Robinson
ABOVE: Mt Dobson Ski Area becomes a playground in winter, but the story of creating it
rests on the determination of one man and his family. Photo: Supplied
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Peter and his late wife Shirley at Mt Dobson; Despite being “retired”, you’ll likely find Peter still up on
Mt Dobson during the ski season; From humble beginnings, Mt Dobson Ski Area has grown into a modern playground for skiers;
An aerial view of the ski area, perhaps as Peter may have seen it when he first spied it from a farmer’s plane in the 1970s;
Mt Dobson attracts skiers from around the country; Peter and Shirley taking a break with a cuppa. Photos: Supplied
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It must have been quite a sight around the Fairlie area
People knew from the newspapers that Peter Foote
and his bulldozers were up to something up there on
the hill – actually, there’d been a fair bit of controversy.
Now they could see him inching into sight as he and his
workers crawled up the hill, creating a road that would
lead to what would be known as Mt Dobson Ski Area.
“Before that they couldn’t see me and were probably
saying, ‘What’s that silly fool up to?’” chuckles Peter.
It took him, with his three bulldozers and drivers,
seven months just to cut through a 700m, rocky, steep
part of the road. But once they got through that, Peter
knew the next 5–6km would be “easy going”.
The physical part of cutting the road was the easy
part. A man and his machine can get a lot done, but a
man up against a bureaucratic machine can achieve far
less. When Peter came up with the idea of establishing
the Mt Dobson Ski Area, he found himself doing a merry
dance around government departments. But Peter was
not deterred by such things. If anything, it simply fuelled
his resolve. So, he sent a telegram to the then South
Canterbury MP Rob Talbot to sort things out.
“Everybody had their finger in the pie but no one
had the authority to say yes, so I went to him to get the
consent started and he took it to Wellington,” says Pete.
That was the first hurdle. But back then, there were
catchment boards, which had the purpose of minimising
and preventing damage to land by floods and erosion.
However, if you ask Peter what their purpose was, he
may have a vastly more colourful answer for you.
Suffice to say, he says, they “kept shifting the
“Because they were convinced I couldn’t do it,” he
explains. “They wanted extra work done and I had to
do an extra planting of 26,000 trees. I was accused of
causing erosion in the newspaper and all these sorts
But again, instead of dissuading him, it had the
“It was never on the drawing board to stop. We were
going to do this, even if it was going to kill me.”
More than 45 years later, as he recounts the story,
you hear the steely determination in his voice. You
almost feel sorry for the bureaucrats. Almost.
BEFORE THE ROAD
Peter Foote was a young man who loved machines and
was not really all that fond of the “boring weekends” in
Timaru, where he lived.
On one of his weekend expeditions with the Scouts,
he visited Fairlie’s Fox Peak Ski Area and after a few visits
found himself roped into being on the committee. At
that time, he was an apprentice with Massey Ferguson
tractors, so his skills up on the hill, where tractors ran
rope tows, were invaluable.
Ask him what his fondest memories were of that
time and he’ll give you a list of machinery – the valve
on the petrol motor that drove the ski tow that he
fixed; the international tractor with steel wheels he
used to get up the hill; an old Bedford truck the work
parties used; and the wartime bulldozer he bought for
$600 to build the top half of the road.
Peter and his family moved to Fairlie into a house
bought off a farmer for $300, in which sheep had been
the previous inhabitants. By that stage, he and his wife
Shirley had two children, Richard and Allan, while the
youngest, Bruce, was born there in 1973.
It was during this time that Peter decided to build his
own ski field. He had been running Fox Peak for about
three years and was getting itchy to create a ski field his
way – without the input of a committee.
A local farmer took him up in his airplane to scout the
area and he pinpointed the basin that would become Mt
Dobson Ski Area. And after four years of red tape, he
finally got the green flag in 1976 to begin work.
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THE BROTHERS AND THEIR ‘TONKA’ TOYS
If you ask Bruce Foote and his brothers who built the
road, they’ll tell you they did.
“I’ve got this memory of me and my two brothers,
with our Tonka toys up on the road. We’ve always
maintained we built the road with our Tonka toys – it
wasn’t our father,” he chuckles.
School holidays were spent camping by the road, so
Peter could get straight to work.
“We had two caravans: one my parents slept in and
the other one my mother did the cooking in. Then my
brothers and I slept in a hut that had no door on it
– every time it blew, you would have to snuggle down
into your sleeping bag. Occasionally, possums would visit
you in the middle of the night,” he says.
Then he recalls the story of the “best toilet with the
“You had to sort of go over the bank and climb
down a fence to get to it, but you had a view across
South Canterbury while you did your business!” Bruce
is speaking more quickly now, as if the young boy in him
has come alive once again.
The road was a family effort. Shirley made 700 culvert
pipes for the 70 culverts discovered on the road.
Though times were hard financially, Peter always
found a way, doing his own tractor repairs and earning
enough to resume work on the road.
Bruce remembers the day the ski field opened.
“A lot of people turned up because this crazy bugger
had spent four years building this road up the side of a
mountain and wanted to see what was at the end of it
that he was so hell-bent on doing!”
NEARLY ‘OUT THE BACK DOOR’
Peter had proven he could navigate the obstacles thrown
at him. But the 1980s were determined to test him.
There were two terrible ski seasons in 1987 and 1988,
he says. On top of this, the family had to pay back a
large loan they had used to put in a platter lift, which
had an interest rate of 26.5 per cent.
“They were pretty desperate times,” he says.
He picked up some work putting in a water scheme
and another job clearing tracks, while Shirley worked at
a shop in the township. Bruce remembers his parents
pumping the petrol out of the tanks up on the ski field
and selling it to local transport companies to try to keep
food on the table.
“The community was raising funds for us, so this place
didn’t go out the back door. Food was arriving at the
back door to tide us over,” says Peter.
Finally, it arrived. The “freak season” that was 1989.
“There was no snow down south and these
Aucklanders, who had flow down to Queenstown to
find there was no snow there, came to us. We had a
record season and we paid off our debt.”
Peter vowed never to take out a loan again.
ABOVE: Peter hard at work creating the road to Mt Dobson Ski Area with his trusty bulldozer.
It took 10,000 hours to create the access road. Photos: Supplied
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Shirley was an integral part of the Mt Dobson Ski
Area. From building the culvert pipes to helping
Peter run the ski field, including the ticket office, she
is woven into the very fabric of this story.
In 2001, Shirley died age 57 of cancer. You can
hear the slight catch in Peter’s voice as he says it.
“It was very sad,” he murmurs.
Peter, faced with running the ski field by himself,
looked to sell.
“After she died, there was a lot of pressure.
I couldn’t do it on my own. But then the boys
approached me and said they wouldn’t mind having
a go running it,” he says.
Bruce is now general manager and Allan a board
director. Richard, having seemingly picked up his
father’s knack for machines, is a diesel mechanic on
the West Coast. (Actually, all three boys are handy
with machines – Bruce was a panel beater and Allan
an engineer. Must have been those Tonka toys.)
Peter has “retired”. But, in truth, he’ll never be
parted from his road and his machines. Once he’s
hung up the phone, he’ll be off up there again, to
improve the carriageway, he says. During the ski
season, Bruce can’t drive two snow groomers, so
he’s the “back-up driver”.
You can’t separate that man from his road,
“He’s a bit of a stubborn bugger, but he’s got
where he is because of it. Once he started the
process and dug over the first bit of dirt on the
road, there was no going back.”
Ask Bruce how he feels about what his father has
achieved and he’ll say without hesitation: pride.
“It is a lifetime’s achievement – it really is,”
So if you pop up to Mt Dobson this ski season,
make sure to take a long look at the road that took
Peter and his bulldozers 10,000 hours to build. See
if you can visualise the spot where Bruce and his
brothers played with their Tonka toys, the culverts
complete with Shirley’s pipes, and the ‘bathroom’
with a view. Because in every nook and cranny of
that road there is a memory to be found – all linked
to the family who created a lasting legacy on a hill,
so people have a place to play in winter.
ABOVE: Peter and his family have created a place where families can enjoy skiing in
beautiful surroundings. Photo: Supplied
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• Heat source- obviously the most fundamental element to keeping
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A place of retreat created in a Lyttelton backyard.
Photos Hillary K Photography
ABOVE: Nature and nurture meet to create a place of relaxation and conversation in Christchurch.
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It looks harmless enough, a rock
sitting languidly at the foot of a spa
pool. But before it came to be here
in this Lyttelton backyard, it caused
a fair bit of ruckus. It turns out there
is no easy way to move a 1.3-tonne
rock – especially on the signature
narrow streets of Christchurch’s
“The crane was pretty maxed out
– it kept screaming, ‘Overloaded,
overloaded!’” says landscaper and
director of Sculptural Landscapes
“Then we had to manpower it
across to the other side – it took a
bit of effort.”
It feels like a bit of an
understatement – it took four of his
team to move it “inch by inch” by
putting it on timbers.
But it was well worth the effort.
Not only does the garden evoke
the feelings of the tranquillity and
rustic earthiness of the West Coast,
but it won Jon and his team a gold
medal at the recent Landscapes of
The landscape architect behind
the project, Land Arch’s Dan Rivers,
said it was a well-deserved win for
“Total respect to these guys
– often we’ll say if you get 80 per
cent there with the design vision you
are doing really well. So it is really
nice when the space feels like you
thought it would,” he says.
The space was a grassed area with
a trampoline, but it had a Zen garden
heart, and the rock played a large
part in that, Dan says.
“It is like it has landed out of the
sky, like islands – just like in a raked
Zen garden area,” he says.
He designed it so the rock didn’t
feel like it was placed, but rather
that the concrete washed up
As the area is long and linear, Dan
used circles to break it up. You can
see it woven through the design,
from the shape of the spa pool
and its concrete foundation to the
round tables made of repurposed
Dan has experience with spas and
hot pools – he designed the Franz
Josef Glacier Hot Pools and the
Ōpuke Thermal Pools and Spa in
Methven, and his preference is for the
“pure” circular spa pool shape (rather
than a square shape) as it evokes the
feeling of a European hot tub.
The use of repurposed materials
by Jon and his team has cemented
the identity of this outdoor space.
Repurposed coat hooks (that those
of a certain age will remember
in school cloakrooms) are where
towels can hang, and the tables
and shelves made from the kwila
decking invite in a glass or two of
bubbles. The outdoor shower, which
is plumbed to include hot water,
was created from a piece of the old
Lyttelton wharf the client had.
It looks like that perfect place you
dream about stumbling upon in the
depths of the wilderness, where
there is a hot pool and a place
to fully surrender to nature. But
instead, it is the perfect getaway in a
ABOVE: Landscape architect Dan Rivers prefers a circular-shaped spa pool due to its “pure” shape.
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“It is like it [the rock] has
landed out of the sky, like
islands – just like in a
raked Zen garden area.”
– Dan Rivers
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A natural connection
The story started with a jetboat crash and an enamel teapot, and it has forged
a partnership deeply connected to Wānaka’s natural environment.
Words Shelley Robinson
ABOVE: Amanda Dorset and Ben Wilson are in the business of lounging around.
Photo: Jodie James
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You sense Amanda Dorset and Ben Wilson are
the couple you’ll find yourself talking to long after
the campfire has turned into embers. The Wānaka
husband and wife have a sense of ease about them – of
conversation, enjoying life and having a good laugh
The founders of Wilson & Dorset, creators of luxury
sheepskin homewares, are at their Dublin Bay home and
bantering at each other over how they met.
“You invited yourself to one of my parties!” This from
Ben, who doesn’t sound at all like he minded. After all,
it was a party that not only spurred a relationship but
While the duo knew of each other when they
attended high school in Canterbury – Rangi Ruru Girls’
School for Amanda and Christ’s College for Ben – it
wasn’t until their mid-30s that they met up once again.
The party was to celebrate a development Ben, his
brother and a friend had completed on the West Coast.
Amanda was working for Icebreaker in Auckland and hit
the road with three friends to find the party at a little
out-of-the-way place called Hannah’s Clearing, about
20km south of Haast.
And technically, Amanda didn’t invite herself to Ben’s
party – her friend asked Ben if it was okay first.
As the three women wandered along to the beach
party, they spotted something a bit out of the ordinary
“There was a chopper overhead with something
dangling from the bottom of it. It was some sort of beast.
And I was going, ‘Oh my god, this is actually the wild
west,’” says Amanda, laughing.
It was, says Ben, a proper West Coast party. Something
had indeed been shot earlier in the day, while crayfish
had been harvested off the boat and the brews were
steady. And then there were the yarns – which is how
Ben got Amanda’s attention.
“He told the story around this ridiculous jetboat ride.
He had gone up beyond the spot where normally people
don’t go because it’s too treacherous. And it all went to
custard,” says Amanda. “There is a video of the jetboat
going over this massive boulder. It looks like the jetboat
is driving itself because Ben had been jettisoned into the
passenger side and the jetboat was airborne. And the next
shot is the jetboat being choppered out of the river...”
“Ah, that wasn’t that time – that was another time,”
Ben interrupts, slightly sheepishly.
“Oh, that was another time,” agrees Amanda. “Anyway,
I was like, he was this quiet shy, quite sweet guy at school
and little did I know he was a rugged, outdoors type who
enjoys making the most of nature – a bit of an action man.
So it did pique my interest at that point.”
“That was all before kids. Then everything ground
to a halt,” adds Ben quickly, in case we think he is still
attempting to fly jetboats.
However, the relationship was cemented when they
saw each other a few months later at a New Year’s
Eve event at Minaret Station. It was one of those grand
evenings where all the nice drinks are gone so naturally
you start mixing the leftovers in an old enamel teapot,
West Coast, hunting, cocktail mixing in a teapot – you
don’t get much more Kiwi than that.
After that sort of beginning, it comes as no surprise that
connectedness through the medium of nature is at the
very core of Wilson & Dorset.
ABOVE: Amanda, Ben and their family live in Dublin Bay, where they take inspiration
every day from the natural environment. Photo: Rachael McKenna
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“There are people living all around the world who
are quite disconnected from nature. They are living in
central city apartments and we’re exceptionally lucky
we are sitting here in Dublin Bay looking over the lake
– you get a more stunning view really,” says Ben.
However, introduce something to those apartments,
that is truly from nature, which you can touch, and it
recreates the feeling of nature, says Amanda.
She refers to the biophilia hypothesis, as per
American biologist Edward O. Wilson, who believes
humans seek to be connected to nature.
“I think that’s what we don’t really realise. When
we go for our walk along the beach or in the forest
or are lounging on sheepskin, compared to something
synthetic, your body feels good. It’s quite a primal
thing,” she says.
Wilson & Dorset’s sheepskin products, including
rugs, stone sets and beanbags, encourage ‘lounging’
– transforming formal spaces into places of supreme
“We spend so much time at our computers; we
are locked into this sitting position at our desk and
then we go home and sit in our armchairs. We
replace one static seating situation for another. But
if you have a lounging rug or stones to lounge on
– to read a book or play on – it is very good for our
bodies,” says Amanda.
“One of our customers, early in the piece, had a
beautiful living space with a tile floor and they just
didn’t use the space. He bought a lounging rug and
what he found was he was suddenly reading the paper
on the floor – he hadn’t done that in 30 to 40 years,”
THE WILSON LEGACY
A small advertisement appeared in the Otago Daily
Times in August1881. Robert Wilson (1832–99)
offered to subscribe £100 on the condition 19 others
subscribed a similar amount to “test the playability of
the industry” of sending frozen sheep meat to Britain.
That man was also Ben’s great-great grandfather. As
a result, the New Zealand Refrigerating Co Ltd was
formed, with Robert as one of the original directors.
“They didn’t end up being the first – they were the
second shipment, it was a bit of a race at the time. It
was the beginnings of the sheep meat industry – they
were already sending wool at that stage, but sending
frozen things was an enormous feat and the height of
technology at the time,” says Ben.
Sheepskin and meat, in some form or the other,
have been in the Wilson family ever since. One of
Ben’s earliest memories of sheepskin comes from the
carpet in the living room of the Taieri farmhouse, near
Dunedin, in which he grew up.
“My father was involved in the trade back then. It
wasn’t carpet, it was sheepskin cut up into pieces and
fixed to the floor. I always remember this luxurious,
curly carpet; this sheepskin,” he says.
Ben’s father, the late Robert Wilson, and his
exporting and consultancy company Robert Wilson
Ltd, also helped set up a sheepskin tannery in
Xuanhua, China, with Auskin Group and an up-andcoming
Dunedin tanner, Leroy Parker.
“In 1997, Dad arranged for Leroy, a Port Chalmers
lad who had never travelled at that stage, to live in
Inner Mongolia and help build the tannery. They
commissioned the new tannery in three months – an
incredible achievement given Leroy did not speak a
word of Mandarin when he arrived,” says Ben.
Not only does Leroy still remain with the Auskin
factory as technical director, but the close familylike
relationship remains. Amanda and Ben use the
factory as their manufacturer, plus they have a small
shareholding in the factory.
Amanda and Ben wanted to fly the New Zealand
wool flag around the world, but they also wanted to
connect to our natural surroundings. To do that, they
needed to do things differently.
Things looked too perfect. That was what Ben noticed
in his pre-Wilson & Dorset days, when he was working
with retailers in Asia selling sheepskin products.
“I’d see sheepskin in the store and right next
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door would be a synthetic product. Those synthetic
producers were working really hard to make their
product look natural,” he says.
Ben concluded sheepskin was being overengineered
and over-processed to the extent they
almost “looked synthetic”.
“The character had been stripped out of it. Wilson &
Dorset is about taking the material back to its natural
character and not stripping it away.”
At the same time, Amanda was working for
Icebreaker as the New Zealand merino story was
gaining traction, led by founder Jeremy Moon.
After witnessing the power of storytelling and simple
but good design, Amanda combined her knowledge
with Ben’s and the concept was born around being
innovative with sheepskin, about taking the product
and linking to something both were passionate about
– Wānaka and New Zealand’s natural environment.
“That connection to place was always quite
important. The brand, aside from reconnecting people
to nature, is vicariously enabling them to connect with
place – Wānaka, the people, the place, the lifestyle,”
And so now you will find Wilson & Dorset lounging
rugs and products in homes, lodges and mansions in
Los Angeles, London, Copenhagen, Russia and Paris.
On one memorable occasion, an overseas visitor
from Paris saw one of Wilson & Dorset’s rugs at a
luxury lodge in Wānaka and decided they needed
“They didn’t have time to pop into the shop so a
helicopter met us at Glendhu [Bay] and we threw in
four products, in different colours, and it flew back to
them to make their decision. They couldn’t make a
decision so they took all four,” says Amanda.
While the business is exploring global markets in a
formal way, it has not lost its connectedness – both to
people and nature.
“People walk into the store and see this pure,
beautiful New Zealand wool product and we just sit
and chat on beanbags. You’re just sitting and yarning to
people about their lives and then they take something
home with them that is a lovely reminder of the
experience they had in Wānaka,” says Amanda.
At the end of the day, Amanda and Ben are just two
people who love a good chat, a life of ease and the
place in which they live. And now they share it with
ABOVE: Ben and Amanda’s products invite the natural environment into people’s
homes through the use of sheepskin. Photo: Mickey Ross
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Creating your bedroom jungle!
Step 1: Add Lush plants to your bedroom
Step 2: Add pretty baskets and pots to home your plants
Step 3: Relax and inhale that clean, fresh air!
It doesn’t have to be hard to bring the tranquil feel of a lush jungle in to your room. Start with easy care plants
such as ‘ZZ’ or ‘Peace lily’ and then let your imagination run wild from tall indoor trees such as a ‘Rubber Plant’, to
trailing fronds to hang from a shelf.
We spend a lot of time in our bedroom – so make sure you get a plant that will help purify the air you breathe.
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These bedroom companions may actually help boost your sleep.
Words Sue Witteman
ABOVE: A hardy foliage plant, like Sansevieria, adds stress-free style – as long as it doesn’t mess with your feng shui!
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Plants are brilliant in a bedroom. Apart from
the fact they produce oxygen during the day
so you go to bed in an oxygen-rich environment,
they add a calming atmosphere to the room.
And, of course, they do that sucking-the-nastychemicals-out-of-the-air
thing of which we are all
GOOD BEDROOM COMPANIONS
Hydrangeas, azaleas and cyclamen
enjoy the cooler temperature of a
bedroom, and this cooler atmosphere
also helps to prolong their flowering
time. For a splash of exuberant colour,
try a begonia, hibiscus or cheerful
potted chrysanthemum. Potted-up
annuals can also be used as shortterm
flowering bedroom plants for a
few weeks, with the idea they will be
discarded when flowering has finished.
Consider using Primula obconica,
P. malacoides or Impatiens species.
If you have a particularly sunny
bedroom or windowsill, you could try
a lavender plant or two as it is known
to be a remedy for sleeplessness; it’s
also a handy moth repellent.
Because the bedroom is a lessused
space than the front room,
it would be wise to consider how
often you will notice your plants.
If you feel you may neglect them,
choose more forgiving plants such as
Aspidistra elatior, called the cast-iron
plant for obvious reasons. I have five
big pots of these that can be used
just about anywhere in the house,
including the guest bedroom. They
make a good ‘emergency’ filler plant.
Also forgiving is Epipremnum aureum
(golden pothos), which makes a good
plant to hang off a shelf or use in a
plant hanger. A basket or bowl with
a few ivy plants in it would be simple
to achieve. If you have a sunny
bedroom or windowsill, you could
consider using easy-care succulents.
I like the idea of using softer, more
rounded foliage in the bedroom
rather than sharp-edged spiky plants;
it just seems more conducive to
relaxation. Maybe that is a kickback to
the feng shui period I went through
years ago when, apparently, swordshaped-leaved
plants gave off the
wrong sort of energy.
Bedrooms are often shadier rooms,
so this will steer your choice of plants.
If you can commit to watering and
misting, then ferns would look lovely;
they would like the cooler bedroom
air more than the drier air in a hot
living room. If you were looking to
have just one or two plants, then a
sizeable palm such as a Kentia palm
(Howea forsteriana) would look
handsome, as would a small ‘tree’,
such as a weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
or a Fatsia japonica (particularly the
good-looking variegated one). But
try out different plants, as long as
you think about their heat, light and
BE ATTENTIVE TO THEIR NEEDS
Keep a small watering can in the
bedroom/en suite for top-up
waterings – and perhaps a small pair
of secateurs or scissors for any repair
work. Every so often, plants could
be put in the bath or shower for a
good dousing. Repot or top-dress as
needed. Liquid feed regularly or use
a long-term fertiliser for container
plants. Turn the plants occasionally to
avoid lop-sided growth.
One of the advantages to having
plants in your bedroom is that you
can do what you want as it will mainly
be you who sees it. There will be no
judgement – it could even be in ‘bad
taste’ – it doesn’t matter, as long as
you enjoy it. Choose your boudoir
plants to suit yourself and your plantgrowing
ABOVE FROM LEFT: Indoor plants can offer attractive flower power as well as oxygenate the room;
Annuals, such as Primula obconica, can add a short-term bust of colour to your bedroom.
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ABOVE FROM LEFT: Opt for more robust plants, such as the cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior), if you feel you may neglect your bedroom plants;
Try a small indoor tree, like this weeping fig (Ficus benjamina), if you want a statement plant rather than a range of smaller options.
The heat is on
Which heat source is right for you? Interior designer Michelle Laming has the
quick guide to your heating options, alongside some new trends.
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Winter is nipping at our toes, and with it
comes the need to heat our homes. There
are many things to consider if you are building
or considering a change, and right at the top of
the list is heat efficiency. Depending on your
preference, you may like to have a main source
of heating teamed with an auxiliary form. For
example, some people like the ambience of a gas
or wood fire and then supplement it with a heat
pump. Or perhaps you prefer a single source of
heat. Whatever your preference, it pays to know
what different forms are on offer, so let’s take a
closer look at some of the options.
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Heat that permeates
Log fires are still a very popular
heating source, and their efficiency
has somewhat improved. They
create the kind of warmth that
permeates throughout the home,
especially when teamed with a
heat transfer kit in the roof cavity.
The only drawback for some is
that wood can be messy and
bothersome. But, if you like the
romance and aesthetic of a real
fire with a stack of logs beside it,
it’s a lovely thing to have.
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New trends in heat pumps
Heat pumps still lead the way to create
warmth with little effort. They can be
installed on the wall, but there is now a
trend for them to be installed into the roof
cavity, with a remote panel to control what
room you want to heat or cool down.
Dual source heat pumps (DSHP) can
draw heat from either the air or the ground,
depending on which is most efficient at
the time, making it far more effective than
traditional heat pump models. New heat
pumps are also built with ‘dual-speed’
or ‘variable-speed’ motors to maximise
comfort and electricity savings.
Heat pumps work most efficiently when
left on at an optimal heat (something we
struggle with) and are excellent as a single
heat source. They also work well as an
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Can gas fires be efficient?
If you want the flame and visual aspects
of a fire but without the wood, gas fires
are great. A fan is normally in the unit to
help get the best movement of air and
heat through your home.
If you are leaning towards the gas
option, you need to consider the location
of installation, the size of the room versus
heat output, and whether you want to
use bottled or natural gas. A glass front is
a must for efficient heat output.
One of the misconceptions about gas
fires is how much they cost to run. To
make sure you are getting an efficient
fireplace, look for its Energy Rating Label.
They are the ones with the stars, and the
more stars the better. Also, look for a
direct vent system (a traditional gas fire
uses indoor air for combustion, while a
direct vent uses outdoor air). A direct
vent system can make a fire up to 95 per
cent more efficient.
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Underfloor heating can be in-slab
(the foundation of the home),
where pipes are laid on polystyrene
insulation or attached to the
reinforcing mesh, or on top of the
slab (under the carpet, timber or
tiles). It can be electric or waterheated.
For maximum heating
effectiveness on top of the slab, I
would highly recommend insulation
boards that push the heat up to the
surface and not into the slab, thereby
saving on heating costs.
Under-tile heating is the best for
tiles or stone, as they have a high
thermal conductivity – the heat from
the underfloor heating wire transfers
to the floor surface quickly.
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Serves 4-6 Prep time 10mins | Cooking time 6¼ hours
Skill level Easy as
4 lamb shoulder chops
2 Tbsp Pams Pure Flour
2 onions, finely sliced
1 Tbsp Pams Mild Curry Powder
1 tin Pams Coconut Milk
600g orange kūmara, peeled and cut into chunks
120g baby spinach leaves
1. Preheat the slow cooker to low. Remove any excess
fat from the lamb shoulder chops. Dust the chops
with the flour.
2. Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan and brown the
lamb pieces on each side. Set aside.
3. In the same pan add the onion and fry until soft,
add the curry powder, stir well, add the coconut
milk, ½ cup water and the salt, then pour into the
4. Add the kūmara, cover with the lamb pieces, and
cook on low for 6 hours or until tender.
5. Add the spinach and allow to wilt, then serve.
This is delicious served with rice or roti. Add some
chopped chilli to the mix if you prefer things a little spicy!
Chicken Katsu with Super
Slaw & Sesame Dressing
Suggested beer match: Steinlager Tokyo Dry —
the simplicity of this dish requires a beer that won’t
overwhelm it so go for this seamless cleansing lager.
Serves 4-5 Prep time 15mins | Cooking time 25mins
Skill level Easy as
Serve with white or brown rice and drizzle some of your
favourite sauce over the katsu chicken. Try chipotle mayo,
sriracha sauce, tomato sauce or sweet chilli sauce.
500g skinless chicken breast
½ cup Pams Pure Plain Flour
2 Pams Free Range Mixed Grade Eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups Pams Panko Crumbs
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 Tbsp sesame oil
3 Tbsp apple cider or rice vinegar
1 tsp sugar
½ packet Pams Superfoods Super Slaw
1. Slice the chicken horizontally, then cut each piece
into 3 lengths.
2. Put the flour, eggs and panko crumbs into separate
bowls. Add salt and pepper to the flour bowl. Dip
the chicken pieces in the flour, then the egg and
finally into the panko crumbs, pressing well to
ensure they’re covered. Set aside on a tray until
ready to cook.
3. To make the dressing for the slaw, heat a wide frying
pan over a medium heat and add the sesame seeds.
Cook for a few minutes until golden and toasted. Put
aside in a small bowl. When cool, add the sesame oil,
vinegar, sugar and 1 tablespoon olive oil and season
with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
4. Add a generous splash of oil to the pan and over a
medium heat add the crumbed chicken (you may
need to do this in batches). Cook for 3-4 minutes on
each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels.
5. Mix the slaw with the sesame seed dressing and
serve with the chicken.
Suggested beer match: Urbanaut Miami Brut Lager —
the beer is light and dry so will play nicely against the
texture of the soup and the bright hops work well with
the Thai spices.
Garnish with some toasted coconut chips and fresh lime
or coriander. Roasting the pumpkin adds great flavour, but
you can also add chopped pumpkin straight to the pot
with the stock and cook until soft.
Before roasting, scoop the pumpkin seeds out from the
pumpkin and spread out on a separate baking tray. Toss
with a tablespoon of curry paste and roast for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle a few seeds over your soup for a crispy topping.
Serves 6 Prep time 5mins | Cooking time 55mins
Skill level Easy as
1 medium-sized pumpkin
1 large brown onion, roughly chopped
2 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
(make sure it’s vegan friendly!)
2 Tbsp lemongrass
1 litre Pams Vegetable Stock
1 can Pams Coconut Cream
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut the pumpkin in half,
place onto a baking tray in the oven for 30 minutes
or until tender.
2. Add the onion to a large stock pot with the curry
paste and some oil. Sauté on a medium high heat
until the onion begins to soften and become fragrant.
Add the lemongrass, stock and coconut cream.
3. Scoop the pumpkin off the skin and add to the pot.
Simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat then leave
to cool slightly and season well with salt and pepper.
4. Using a stick blender, blend until smooth and creamy.
Briefly reheat, then ladle into soup bowls to serve.
Suggested beer match: Vietnamese food demands a
Vietnamese beer and Some Sorcerer from Saigon’s Heart
of Darkness has lovely tropical sweetness to complement
Serves 4 Prep time 10mins | Cooking time 20mins
Skill level Easy as
8 chicken thighs, cut in half
1 red onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp cracked black pepper
¼ cup Pams Soy Sauce
½ cup Pams Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp fish sauce
2 cups Pams Jasmine Rice, steamed
4 bok choy, cut in half
1. Add a splash of oil to a large fry pan over high
heat and, working in batches, brown the chicken
for a couple of minutes on each side, until golden.
Remove from the pan and set aside.
2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the red onion
and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until soft
3. Return the chicken to the pan and add the black
pepper and soy sauce. Reduce the heat to low and
leave to simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Bring the heat back up to high and add the brown
sugar, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until
the sauce is thick and syrupy. Add the fish sauce and
stir to combine. Remove from heat and serve with
steamed rice and bok choy.
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Crispy Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Thank me later. Golden and crispy on the outside, and warm and gooey on
the inside: just how a good – no, great – gnocchi should be.
Words Karen Fischer
Style | Food 49
50 Style | Food
2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
(about1½ cups when mashed)
1 cup raw cashews
½ cup tapioca starch or arrowroot starch
1 tsp garlic powder
¾–1 tsp quality sea salt
oil (of your choice)
Cashew Cream (see recipe opposite)
4 large courgettes (zucchini), spiralised or
sliced into thin noodles
½ cup red cabbage, washed and finely sliced
fresh chives, washed and finely sliced
The Healthy Skin Kitchen,
by Karen Fischer and
published by Exisle Publishing
1. If you have not already made the Cashew Cream (recipe
opposite), soak 1 cup of cashews in hot water and set aside.
2. Line two large baking trays with baking (parchment) paper and
3. Bring a medium pot of water to the boil.
4. Peel and cube the sweet potato, then add to the pot and boil
until soft (about 15 minutes). Drain, then remove excess water
with paper towels or a clean tea towel. Set aside to cool.
5. Next, place a cup of raw cashews into a high-speed blender
and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs or flour
(do not excessively blend as it will turn into nut butter). Add
the tapioca starch, garlic powder and salt, and briefly blend.
6. Place the sweet potato in a large flat-based bowl and mash,
then stir a ¼ cup of the cashew flour mix into the mash. Add
another ¼ cup of flour and knead together until the flour is
well mixed in. Add the remaining flour as needed (the dough
may be slightly sticky). Wrap the dough in some plastic wrap
and place in the refrigerator to firm for about 10 minutes.
7. While the dough is firming, make the Cashew Cream (if you
haven’t already), and set aside in the refrigerator.
8. Remove the dough and separate into three balls, and place one
onto the lined baking tray. Roll it into a long snake-like piece
about 1cm wide and then cut into gnocchi-sized pieces (about
1cm x 2cm). Press individual pieces down lightly with a fork to
make a pattern on the top.
9. Repeat with the other two balls of dough, then set the gnocchi
aside and leave to firm (about 10 minutes).
10. While the gnocchi is firming, make the courgette noodles with
a vegetable spiraliser, or peel courgette strips to create large,
flat noodle shapes. Set aside.
11. Place a large non-stick pan or skillet on a medium heat with a
dash of oil and add half of the gnocchi to the pan, cooking until
lightly browned (about 1–2 minutes on each side). Remove
from the pan and set aside while you cook the rest of the
12. Once the gnocchi is ready, add the courgette noodles and
cabbage to the frying pan and heat for 1 minute, then place
onto a serving dish or into two bowls.
13. Place the gnocchi on top, drizzle with Cashew Cream and
sprinkle with chives.
Style | Food 51
MAKES 1 BATCH
PREPARATION TIME 15 minutes (plus soaking time)
A drizzle of Cashew Cream makes savoury dishes look good and taste great.
Use a squeezie sauce bottle to get the perfect drizzle every time.
1 cup raw cashews, unsalted
¾ cup filtered or spring water
¼ tsp quality sea salt
¼ tsp garlic powder (optional)
1. Activation soaking method: if you have time,
soak the cashews overnight in warm water
to activate the cashews – ideally do not
soak them for more than 6 hours. Quick
soaking method: pour boiling water onto the
cashews and soak them for about 30 minutes
or until they are soft and swollen.
2. After soaking, drain and rinse the cashews
well using fresh water. Place them into a
high-speed blender along with the water, salt
and garlic powder, if using, and blend on high
3. Store in an airtight jar or squeezie sauce
bottle in the refrigerator for up to four days.
52 Style | Drink
The table was set with a trio of whiskies, each a different tier of taste.
Hayden Preece explains the difference.
Words Kate Preece
It is possible to spend a similar amount on two bottles of whisky yet return home with vastly
different drams. We explore three rungs of the whisky ladder, from easy drinking for the
beginner through to something more challenging for a discerning palate.
Glenfarclas 105 Cask
At 60%, this one’s a real sinus-clearer.
Almost tropical-citrus on the nose,
it’s sharp right to the end – a stab to
Expect tannins to prevail on the
tongue. Think roaring hot cedar hot
tub and how the wood smell leaches
into the water.
The wood flavours border on
bitter and give way to peppered heat.
Overwhelming to unconditioned
taste buds, it opens up with a touch
of water, if you’re that way inclined.
The top of the table, it’s an
example of a thinking man’s whisky.
Nurse a glass and dismantle its
complexity over an evening. Though
daunting at the start, by the end you
can really pick it apart.
This one triggered a memory that I struggled
to put my finger on. It reminded me of
root beer and the almond sweetness of
With lashings of butterscotch and salted
caramel, a bitter note evens out the syruplike
The taste is all fruit, like a toffee apple
from a country fair. Roll it around the mouth
for a bit of sweet melon. Then comes a
A stereotypical Highland, this intermediate
whisky is more refined, honing in on
a singular flavour profile on the taste
spectrum. It’s real back-of-the-tongue stuff.
This Welsh single malt has a subtle buttery,
banoffee pie nose – almost Werther’s
Original. There’s a hint of overripe banana, a
little like when you’ve left some bananas in
the fruit basket, gone on holiday and a sticky
brown mess has oozed onto the bench – but
nothing that nasty.
It’s a sweet whisky to drink, heavy on
orange rinds and with a bourbon flavour. It
seems unfinished; the palate is left wanting
more but there’s nothing left to give. In saying
that, its simplicity makes it a good introductory
whisky that goes down smoothly.
54 Style | Beauty
Tried and tested
The Style team trial the latest beauty products.
I’m a man of few words.
This product was good.
It’s simple to use: lather it
up and on it goes – low
admin. In terms of smell,
my toddler nephew
is always pulling at my
beard and he had no
complaints, so it must be
okay (ingredients include
aloe vera, camelina oil and
green tea). It did what it
said it would and yes, I
would use it again. Now,
I’m off to have a beer and
watch the rugby.
Emma Lewisham Illuminating
Brighten Your Day Crème 50ml
Kiwi Emma Lewisham partnered with TerraCycle
to ensure the packaging from her collection
doesn’t go to waste. No exception, the latest in
the Emma Lewisham range comes with a refill pod
in its jar, which dispenses just the right amount
to cover the face and neck, dosing you up with
vitamin C, ceramides and AHA/BHA. Its scent
adds an uplifting moment to the morning routine
and the 100 per cent natural cream slips into
the skin with ease. It welcomes the addition of a
second product (serum or sunscreen) to support
a smooth makeup application and adds a sprinkle
of sparkle (one you are more aware of on your
hands than your face).
Style | Beauty 55
Glow Lab Age Renew Firming
Eye Serum 15ml
With a promise to reduce dark circles and smooth fine lines,
New Zealand brand Glow Lab’s new eye serum has quite
the job to do. The likes of Collalift18 (African mahogany bark
extract) are tasked with the extra hard work, in this case
boosting collagen and firming the complexion. Chamomile,
aloe vera and jojoba oil soothe and hydrate in a product
that has a refreshing smell and sinks into the skin with ease.
Overall, expect something that slips easily into the beauty
routine and feels like progress.
Abeeco Collagen + Bee
Venom Active Day Lift 50ml
Ever since it was reported the
Duchess of Cambridge, Kate
Middleton, uses bee venom as part
of her skincare routine, I’ve been
intrigued by it because, well, just
look at her amazing skin. So I tried
Abeeco’s combination of collagen
and bee venom. This lightweight
daily moisturiser has a slight hint of
the bergamot scent and left my face
feeling firm but soft. I was concerned
that my foundation would clash once
applying over the product; however, it
turns out there was nothing to worry
about. Abeeco’s onto a winner here.
Bondi Sands Pure Self
Tanning Sleep Mask 75ml
This product is awesome and simple.
Apply like you would any facial
moisturiser (be mindful of your
application, of course) and then
head off to sleep while you bake it,
baby. Rise and shine to a naturallooking
tanned face and no stains
on your pillowcase. It’s also pretty
cool to know that the packaging is
56 Style | Wellbeing
As the heating turns up, our skin starts to dry out.
Naturopath Deanna Copland shares some recipes
and tips to help keep your skin glowing.
With cooler weather comes dry skin. In
the South Island it is particularly dry
as we have far less humidity than places like
Auckland. And we all know how cold it can
get down here – so up goes the heating and
out goes the moisture from our skin. We
don’t feel like rehydrating because we feel less
like drinking cool water when it’s cold outside.
However, we can still keep our skin
hydrated and glowing with a few self-care tips.
Yes to tea
Keeping hydrated is important
for skin health. Instead of
having cold water, try different
herbal teas. Any mother of
young children will confirm
that lukewarm tea is actually
bearable. You can use tea
bags or make your own.
Grated ginger and some fresh
lemongrass makes a nice
brew, as does thyme leaves
with fresh lemon juice and a
Natural washing powders are better for the
environment and are also less irritating to the
skin – especially if it’s dry. Supermarkets are now
well stocked, with several options available.
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½ cup white or brown sugar
½ cup coconut oil, melted
a few drops of an essential oil
(such as lavender or lemon)
Simply mix all the ingredients
together and pour into a small
wide-mouthed jar with a lid.
HOW TO USE
Use one tablespoon, as needed,
in the shower, scrubbing skin
in a gently circular motion. The
coconut oil will go solid in cold
weather but if you leave it in the
shower and apply it towards the
end of your shower, it will have
melted enough to use.
Slough off dead skin and moisturise it by making a
scrub for use in the shower. Scrubs are easy to
make and you can vary them by adding other ingredients
like coffee grinds and different essential oils.
The shower floor may be greasy
afterwards, so be careful. It can
be wiped down with a white
vinegar and orange essential oil
spray to cut through the oil.
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good on you
Orange vegetables are a good
source of beta carotene, which
converts to vitamin A and helps
with dry eyes and skin. Pumpkin,
orange kūmara and carrots are
all in season, so try to increase
these in your diet. A carrot dip
is great with plain rice cakes or
vegetable sticks or even dolloped
over the likes of a roast vegetable
salad, falafel or a chicken breast.
It includes warming spices such as
ginger and cinnamon, which makes
it a good one in the cooler months
for digestion and circulation.
Warming Carrot Dip
3 medium carrots, scrubbed and sliced
1 Tbsp olive/coconut oil
1 Tbsp liquid honey
1 Tbsp finely grated ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
salt and freshly cracked pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a
tray with baking paper.
2. Toss carrots with the oil, honey and
spices and then season with salt.
3. Roast for about 30 minutes until
carrots are soft.
4. Transfer carrots and any juices to a
5. Add lemon juice and garlic and blitz
until combined. Add 1–2 Tbsp water
if consistency is too thick. Season to
taste with salt and pepper.
6. Store in a sealed container in the fridge
for up to three days.
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62 Style | Fashion
Don’t think neutral hues will have you disappearing into the woodwork.
Create impact with clever layering, blocking and different textures.
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Kapua Wrap, $699
Marley Satin Pant, $269 RUBY
Pip Dress Houndstooth Suiting, $619
64 Style | Read
The book nook
A place to discover what deserves a spot in your TBR pile.
Raft of Stars
Andrew J. Graff
(HQ Fiction, $32.99)
Tired of seeing his best friend Dale Breadwin abused
by his alcoholic father, Fischer Branson takes action. A
gunshot rings out and Bread and Fish flee into the woods.
They build a raft, but the river leads them into even
greater danger. In their wake travel a group of adults
– Sherriff Cal, aspiring poet Tiffany, Fish’s grandad, and
his mother Miranda – each determined to save the boys
from the terrors of Ironsford Gorge.
My Darling Lemon Thyme:
Every Day (NZ)
Spiced pumpkin snacking cake, mushroom and lentil
lasagne, and roasted strawberry and ginger ‘ice cream’ are
among the recipes in Emma Galloway’s third book from
her home kitchen. A chef and mother of two, Emma has
designed tips and tricks to make cooking simpler through
planning ahead and using ingredients that are easy to
swap out. All the recipes are vegetarian and gluten free.
The Missing Sister (The
Seven Sisters book 7)
The seventh instalment in the multimillion-copy series
The Seven Sisters. The six D’Aplièse sisters have each
been on their own incredible journey to discover their
heritage, but they still have one question left unanswered:
who and where is the seventh sister? They only have
one clue – an image of a star-shaped emerald ring. The
search to find the missing sister will take them across the
globe – from New Zealand to Canada, England, France
and Ireland – uniting them all in their mission to complete
their family at last.
Fifty Years a Feminist
(Massey University Press, $39.99)
In 1971, Sue Kedgley and other
young feminists carried a coffin
into Auckland’s Albert Park to
protest against decades of stagnant
advancement for New Zealand women. From that day,
she became synonymous with Second Wave feminism in
this country, most notably organising a tour by Germaine
Greer that ended in an arrest and court appearance. Her
rich and rewarding life, from activist, journalist and Green
politician, has included encounters with Betty Friedan,
Yoko Ono, Kofi Annan, Sonja Davies and the Dalai Lama.
She regrets that there is still a culture of male entitlement,
sexism and double standards, and that women are still
victims of violence. Even so, she argues, feminism has
achieved an extraordinary amount.
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(Penguin Random House, $26)
I had heard a lot about this book
and this particular author and
I can see why! Homegoing is
about two sisters with two very
different destinies: one sold into
slavery; one a slave trader’s wife.
The chapters tell the story of the
generations that follow.
I really liked this style of writing
because each chapter had new
characters and was set in a new
time period. It is quite heavy to
read in parts and I had learned
a lot by the end of the book.
It makes you think about how
history shapes us all. I’d suggest
reading this one over a few days
as it can be a bit hard to keep
track of the characters. If you’re
after something that is intense
and moving, you’ll enjoy this.
– Bridie Cassidy
Gangland: New Zealand’s
Underworld of Organised
This book will shock many readers.
This isn’t fiction – it is a work of
non-fiction gleaned by the author
over 24 years as a crime reporter.
The 12 chapters follow key crimes,
investigations and cases, almost
all connected to the illegal drug
industry in New Zealand. The risks
are high but the financial rewards
are astronomical, funding the
lifestyles of the rich and infamous.
Read this book if you want to know
what police, customs and the justice
system are up against.
– Neville Templeton,
The Music of Bees
(Penguin Random House, $34.99)
Set in the countryside in America’s
vast Pacific Northwest, this
heart-warming story is about
three random people who are
drawn together by chance. Each
provides the others with the
courage and ability to see beyond
their limitations, and the common
denominator through which they
do so are bees. Written by Eileen
Garvin, who is a beekeeper as well
as a writer, this book will appeal to
apiarists and those who enjoy a tale
of the power of friendship to help
overcome life’s challenges.
– Helen Templeton,
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Gadgets and other things
Gary Condon scouts around for the things that make life
a bit easier and a heck of a lot more fun.
Bait it up and send it out
and it comes back with
enough fish to feed the
hordes. Kontiki fishing
is an electric longline
beach fishing system,
taking your line a couple
of kilometres out to sea.
Can’t believe I’m only just
hearing about this now.
Powertiki PT530 Fishing
Kontiki, from $1499
Remember those old school days
when you used to drop a dollar
or two into the coin door and the
hours just disappeared? So yes,
you do need a pinball machine
and foosball table for you and
your mates. It’s addictive and will
transfix you for hours on end.
And you can justify it by saying it
is better to play a game and keep
your mind sharp instead of using
your phone or laptop.
Pinball machines available at pinballs.co.nz from about $15,000
Save Barn Foosball Table Wooden Games Table 8 Rods ($395)
Style | Cave 67
No more lawn mowing
Mention ‘robot’ in any appliance and consider
my interest piqued. Robotic lawn mowers must
be strangely hypnotic devices if you watch them
do all the work you used to do on a Sunday
afternoon. You can operate them from your
smartphone and an on-board GPS system makes
a map of your garden through guide wires. The
mower then apparently knows where it has
already done. And there is no green waste to
get rid of, reportedly, because they are mulching
mowers designed to mow the lawn frequently,
cut the grass into fine clippings and scatter them
onto the lawn. Fascinating.
Husqvarna automower 315X, $3879
All the smarts
Look, I know I am never going to
have 650,000 different smart devices,
but just having a remote that can control
all of them is something I do want.
The Sevenhugs Smart Remote ($500)
can control most of your smart
technology around the house.
Simply tap on the device you want
to watch and that’s it.
You know what goes well
with retro games?
A retro fridge filled with a
heap of cold ones.
I love my new Husky 123L Retro Style
Bar Fridge (from $750) fridge.
It looks amazing with a beautiful
finish and cools things very fast.
Cheers to that.
68 Style | Travel
Where in the world?
We can’t help but think of faraway places, planning for travels yet to come.
Do you know the destination we’re dreaming about this month?
• About 50 ‘torres’ or ancient coastal
towers, which date back to the
1500s, are on the coast of this island.
Used as lookouts for pirates, they
were designed by the mathematician
and historian Joan Baptista Binimelis
(1539–1616) and vital for defence
of the island. In spite of this, tower
keepers were poorly paid and often
killed first in an invasion.
• The Serra de Tramuntana mountain
range (which is about 90km long)
forms the northern backbone of this
• The island’s capital city is Palma.
• Known for its stunning beaches, wineries,
secluded coves and famous clubs.
• Like raw cured sausage? You’ll find
it here, where it is called sobrassada.
Or perhaps you might try some ‘dirty
rice’ (arròs brut) or enjoy the delicious
sweet bread called ensaïmada.
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WASTE NOT WANT NOT
To celebrate the release of Waste Not Want Not by
Christchurch’s Sarah Burtscher, invited guests
gathered at Corso Merivale for a tasteful soirée. Glasses
were raised to the author for providing readers with the
knowledge of what to do with all those leftovers.
Photography: Olivia Woodward Photography
1. Shelly Jackson, Charlotte Smith-Smulders, Sarah Burtscher, Mandy Steel; 2. Jo Rusbridge, Kerryn Schroder; 3. Catherine Aitken;
4. Lara Palomino de Forbes, Annie Govan, Cilla Glasson; 5. Barbara Stewart, Danielle Stewart; 6. Sharon Trumper, Donna Kerr; 7. Suzy Tutton, Emma Newman;
8. Leon Russell-White, Sarah Burtscher; 9. Andrew Green.
NZ FLYING DOCTOR TRUST
The New Zealand Flying Doctor Trust welcomed Williams
Corporation Limited as its new principal sponsor at an
event held at the GCH Aviation hanger recently. In 2020,
the New Zealand Flying Doctor service flew 1207 missions
across New Zealand, with demand on the rise.
1. Stefan Hance, Cor Vink, Michael Vink; 2. Nic Leggett, Bridget Leggett, Rosa Horncastle, Mrrietta Horncastle, Charlie Horncastle; 3. Jock Muir, David Cartwright;
4. Matthew Horncastle, Blair Chappell, John Currie, David Bowie, Christine Prince, Sam Whitelock;
5. Andrew Currie, Caroline Blanchfield, Declan Smiddy, Simon Duncan, Daniel Currie; 6. Russell Field, Arthur Ruddenklau, Tony Palmer;
7. Andrew Currie, Dan Francis, Dana Enache, Kathryn Marshall, Ben Randle; 8. Grant Chappell, Blair Chappell, Cara Huxford, Gaye Chappell.
M FACTOR FASHION SHOW
Factor hosted a fashion show that saw top designers
M and sports stars on the catwalk at The Tannery. The
sold-out event helped raise more than $85,000 for Ronald
McDonald Houses in New Zealand.
Photography: Forever Young Photography
There was quite the buzz about Café Valentino the night
it celebrated its 30th birthday. Twenty-four patrons
were in the running to win a Fiat Abarth 595 – and the
fifth spin of the wheel declared Flora the winner. What fun!
74 Style | Win
Win with Style
Every month, Style sources a range of exceptional prizes to give away.
It’s easy to enter, simply go to stylemagazine.co.nz and fill in your details on the
‘Win With Style’ page. Entries close May 28.
Prepare for bed the natural way with the Linden Leaves
bedtime trio. First, cleanse the day away with the Oil
Cleanser and Eye Makeup Remover, moisturise with the
Regenerating Night Cream and, for an added boost, finish
with a couple of drops of Miraculous Facial Oil. You will
feel better for it! We have one set, valued at $155, to give
NO WASTE HERE
Those forlorn-looking things in your fruit bowl and fridge
need not be biffed, but instead made into tasty meals for
the family. Sarah Burtscher’s book Waste Not Want Not is
based on the top 10 foods thrown out in New Zealand
and has 80 delicious recipes and more than 40 tips and
tricks on how to stop wasting food. We have a copy,
valued at $39.99, to give away. fridgecleaner.co.nz
The queen of natural lip colour, Karen Murrell’s Princesses
of the Golden Petals set is your go-to autumn lip colour
collection. It features five gorgeous on-trend autumn tones,
including two luxurious metallic shades. Expect rich and
creamy lipsticks that each deliver a velvety matte finish for
long-lasting lip colour all season long. We have one $100
gift set to give away. karenmurrell.com
GET THE GLOW
Need help on the path to radiant skin? Arbonne’s
BrightenUp set features skincare products to help improve
the appearance of uneven skin tone and skin discolouration.
Win your own $487 set, which includes Pearlescent
Foaming Cleanser, Luminous Serum, Brightening Eye
Cream, Radiant Night Cream and Illuminating Cream with
Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 15. arbonne.com
HONEST BURGERS: Vanessa Ellenbroek,
Joanne Longbottom, Ashleigh Hooper,
Kirsten Grbic, Marcia Sharpe, Felipa Lynch
JOANNA SALMOND EARRINGS: Fiona Lawson
PETE’S LEMONADE: Amy Hayward, Flo Logan
MERCHANT SHOES: Amanda Tobeck
*Conditions: Each entry is limited to one per person.
You may enter all giveaways. If you are selected as a
winner, your name will be published in the following
month’s edition. By registering your details, entrants
give permission for Star Media to send further
correspondence, which you can opt out of at any stage.
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Visit the AMG Performance Centre at Armstrong Prestige to discover the range today.
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